Staff begin return to RBNZ HQ after asbestos scare

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Entrance to RBNZ’s Wellington HQ

The first staff returned to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s head office in Wellington today (May 18), after the building was evacuated earlier this week. Traces of asbestos were found on one floor.

Head of communications Mike Hannah confirmed to Central Banking that staff from the currency department were able to return today. Other departments are still waiting to be moved back in, which is likely to happen early next week.

Critical functions had to be moved to RBNZ’s Auckland office after

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